Monday, May 31, 2021
After losing to USA
DEB team has to be in the all-or-nothing game
Improved, but not good enough: the German national ice hockey team is in rising form against the USA. The end of the World Cup is still getting closer. One last chance remains, the starting position is clear. Hope creates a successor.
NHL successor Dominik Kahun has not been able to save Germany’s ice hockey team from the third World Cup defeat in a row: Now it comes to the end of the preliminary round against hosts Latvia and the spectators to the final for the quarter-finals. The greatly improved team of national coach Toni Söderholm lost 0: 2 (0: 0, 0: 1, 0: 1) to the USA despite the first World Cup appearance by Kahun, which means that they, along with Finland in Group B, prematurely Round is qualified. In terms of tactics, it was even one of the best German World Cup games so far, but the selection made by the German Ice Hockey Federation was far too harmless, especially in the majority.
The USA showed themselves to be more efficient here: NHL striker Jason Robertson from the Dallas Stars (39th minute) shot the Americans outnumbered for the 29th win in the 45th World Cup game against Germany. Colin Blackwell (60th) hit the empty goal shortly before the end. The DEB selection must now win against Latvia (7.15 p.m. / Sport1) and the domestic up to 2660 fans, who will be at this tournament for the first time, on Tuesday in order to make the quarter-finals on their own.
With Kahun on the attack, things initially looked much better than they did in the 2-1 draw against Finland on Saturday. The 25-year-old Edmonton Oilers attacker had received clearance for his first appearance at this tournament at noon after he had traveled to Riga after the NHL playoff and had survived his mandatory quarantine period. The Olympic runner-up from 2018 immediately brought the hoped-for pace into the German attack game.
“It actually worked, I feel good with my energy,” said Kahun after his first third of the World Cup at Sport1. “We have a good chance if we stay focused.” At first, Germany was that too, fighting against the best running team in Group B and keeping their offensive in check. Felix Brückmann ruined the few US chances. As in the first World Cup game against Italy (9: 4), the 30-year-old keeper of Adler Mannheim was given preference over regular goalie Mathias Niederberger, who was spared for the preliminary round against the Latvians.
In order to reward yourself, the passing game was often too imprecise and the power play was not dangerous enough. The comeback of top talent Lukas Reichel didn’t change that. The 19-year-old was back for the first time after his head check against Kazakhstan (2: 3) last Wednesday and had some good actions in the attack, but they were unsuccessful.
Shortly before the end of the second third break, the lack of determination in front of the goal had bitter revenge when the USA put on a much more dangerous outnumbered game than Germany before and Robertson finally pushed in for the happy US leadership. In the final section, Germany came back full of determination, but was unsuccessful.